What’s mine is yours — German Possessive Articles

This past week in one of my classes we were looking at possessive adjectives, which are exactly what you need to express ownership in German. Possessive adjectives are the: my, your, his, her etc.

When you see something that you want, you want it to be yours. Sometimes you want it to be someone else’s. Being able to express ownership in languages is important. Making sure that you telling your friend that your calling your wife and not his wife is equally important.

With this week being Valentine’s Day (Valentinstag) you’ll need to know these two phrases in which we use possessive adjectives: “Willst du mein Valentin seine?” and “Sei mein Valentin.

We’ve moved. You’ll find the full article here: http://marathonsprachen.com/whats-yours-is-mine-german-possessive-articles/



  1. Maria Gorski · · Reply

    Thanks for the post, it is great review. Can you post the correct answers to the exercises please?

    1. Hallo Maria,
      Hier noch die Lösungen.

      1. ihr (Neutrum, Akkusativ)
      2. meinen (Plural, Dativ)
      3. ihrem (Maskulin, Dativ)
      4. ihr (Neutrum, Akkusativ)
      5. unserer (Feminin, Dativ)
      6. seinem (Maskulin, Dativ)
      7. Ihr (Neutrum, Akkusativ)
      8. deiner (Feminin, Dativ)
      9. dein (Neutrum, Akkusativ) deiner (Feminin, Dativ)
      10. deinen (Maskulin, Akkusativ) seinem (Neutrum, Dativ)
      11. sein (Neutrum, Akkusativ) seiner (Feminin, Dativ)
      12. unser (Neutrum, Akkusativ) meinem (Maskulin, Dativ) seinem (Neutrum, Dativ)


      1. Maria Gorski · ·

        Vielen Dank, Christian!

  2. germaninthirtyyears · · Reply

    Thanks Christian! I just discovered your blog and am attempting your exercises! Every bit of practice is helpful :).

  3. sehr gut. Danke 🙂

  4. Rodrigo Bimonte · · Reply

    Thanks for the post, it is great! Only one doubt: in the bottom table, the Masculine Genitive cell “meines jüngeren Bruder” shouldn’t be “meines jüngeren Bruders”, with “s” in Bruder? I’m a little confused yet.

    1. Danke. Stimmt Bruders mit s. Werde ich korrigieren sobald ich Zuhause bin. Schöne Grüsse aus Zürich

  5. Rodrigo Bimonte · · Reply

    Vielen Dank!

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  7. Cuddles · · Reply

    Thanks for the post!

    I wanted to ask that:
    In exercise 5: In unserer heutigen Gesellschaft gibt es viele Probleme.
    Would anyone say “Unsere heutige Gesellschaft hat viele Probleme.”?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Genau, das könnte man auch sagen bzw. schreiben.

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  9. Hi! Thank you much for this blog! May I just direct your attention to one tiny thing in the Genitive section? How come der roten Audi became a red Honda? Cheers 🙂

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